Our scripture this week is Luke 1:46-55, taken today from the New International Version (NIV).
And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”
Mary offers praise to God for the blessing and responsibility she has been given. She is the first to say “yes” to the Lord coming to be with us. She understands that it won’t be easy but that wasn’t part of the promise.
Jesus comes into our lives to teach us the joy of a connection with God the Father. He leads us to understand the depth of His love and the obligation we take on when we say “yes”. Accepting Jesus as our Savior means accepting a call to share His love and nurture each other in faith.
Just as Mary was chosen for her task, God chooses us to continue His saving work here. Ask Him to guide you and give you strength to go into the world in His name. Show others that God is with us and wants us to be His children.
Loving Lord, we are grateful for the gift of Jesus as our teacher and example. Help us to be faithful to the path He showed us, sharing the Good News with everyone. Amen.